Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press
Championship play spots were in play Saturday at the 2019 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament with the semifinal round at United Center in Chicago.
While three of the top-four seeds are still standing, including the best-seeded Michigan State Spartans, the No. 7 Golden Gophers 7th Minnesota Golden Gophers are looking to play the role of spoiler. after upsetting co-champion of the regular season, Purdue Boilermakers. .
Let's check out all the important information for the semi-finals and Sunday's match. This is followed by a summary of the action.
The scores of Saturday's semi-final
Game 11: No. 1 Michigan State 67, No. 4 Wisconsin 55
Game 12: No. 3 Michigan 76, No. 7 Minnesota 49
Sunday Championship Schedule
Game 13: Michigan State # 1 vs. Michigan # 3 (3:30 pm ET)
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State of Michigan: Spartans 67, Wisconsin Badgers 55
Michigan State scored the first eight points of the game and never gave in to strengthen its position in favor of the No. 1 seed of the NCAA tournament.
Top scorer, Cassius Winston, once again scored the Spartans' offense with 21 points. Kenny Goins scored a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Xavier Tillman added 17 points, seven boards and four assists for MSU, who only had two bench points.
Cassius Winston and @MSU_Basketball came to play today. https://t.co/DDYhbzBCOM
The state of Michigan is likely to win the Big Ten Tournament for a chance to beat the Gonzaga Bulldogs and Kentucky Wildcats in the first place of Big Dance.
Ethan Happ completed the stats sheet with 20 points, six rebounds, four blocks, three assists and two interceptions for Wisconsin, which is an NCAA tournament lock despite the loss. Badgers should be a seed # 4 or 5 when the parenthesis is revealed on the Sunday of the selection.
Good time between Tom Izzo and Ethan Happ after the victory of #MSU https://t.co/HSA1qW8bMs
The Badgers' defense is strong enough to make a deep run in March Madness, but it will be essential to get enough shots in the clutch times. They entered Saturday at 47th place in adjusted offensive efficiency, by KenPom.
Michigan Wolverines 76, Minnesota Golden Gophers 49
Michigan ended Cindridge's dominant race in Minnesota to host a meeting with rival Michigan State for the Big Ten championship.
Isaiah Livers shone on the Wolverines' bench with four three-point points en route to the highest point of the season (21 points). Zavier Simpson added 15 points and nine assists for Michigan, who shot 52.5 percent on the field, including 38.5 percent beyond the arc.
Minnesota, who beat the Penn State Nittany Lions in the second round before the match against Purdue, should be safe in the NCAA tournament despite losing in the semifinal.
Amir Coffey (14 points) and Jordan Murphy (10) were the only Gophers players to reach double-digit scoring as they struggled to open eyes against one of the country's top defensemen.
Michigan beat Minnesota by a wide margin to face rival MSU in tomorrow's Big Ten final. Minnesota remains a seed 9 for me
In addition to winning the title, Michigan will look to take revenge on the state of Michigan in the final after losing both rivalry games during the regular season.